Sept. 23, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. -- - Michigan State fell to host Minnesota, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon, which made the Spartans 0-2 on their opening Big Ten travel weekend. MSU's record is now 7-3-1 on the season, and 1-2 in the Big Ten.
"This was another tough Big Ten battle, and unfortunately we ended up on the short end again," said head coach Tom Saxton. "I felt we had complete control in the second half and we just couldn't get the ball to cross the line. We'll stay positive, regroup and be ready for Nebraska on Friday"
Minnesota jumped on Michigan State early, scoring in the ninth minute to take a 1-0 lead. Taylor Uhl sent the ball into the box from the right side, where the bouncing ball eventually found the foot of Taylor Wodnick who sent it in to the back of the net. The goal was Wodnick's third of the season and Uhl's team-leading sixth assist. Katie Thyken also received an assist on the play.
The Spartans battled through, looking to create chances and gain an equalizer. With just seconds remaining in regulation, Paige Wester sent a pass into the box. Megan Marsack had a good look, but her shot was blocked by a Minnesota defender and eventually cleared as time expired.
Minnesota outshot MSU 11-8 and also held a 5-4 edge in corner kicks. Goalkeeper Courtney Clem made four saves on the afternoon.
Michigan State returns home next weekend, where the Spartans will play Nebraska on Friday at 4 p.m. and then take on Iowa at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Sunday's game is part of a Spartan soccer doubleheader which will air live on the Big Ten Network.